And The Wasters – The Eclectic and Forthcoming ‘State Of Repair’ EP.
And The Wasters are getting ready to release their next EP in a long lineage Punk music that takes so much in the way of influence outside the box, that I have no real idea of where to start.
A year past the band were named Will Tun and The Wasters, a band well known on both the Punk and underground alternative scenes alike. Since that time however, the band have undergone some changes around their usual mish-mash of members and friends via an ecelctic and ever-changing composition that merges Punk with Dub, Ska, Reggae and Balkan music.
Regardless of the name change, fans of the band or those who have simply read but a few lines will see their community mentality and DIY ethic plainly. The band in the past have toured extensively around the UK and Europe and show no signs of slowing down especially when the country they inhabit is in a sorry…
…State Of Repair.
‘Lion’s Share’ tackles the age old cliche depicting a time where everything will level out and/or calm down and fall into some sort of place or order. This of course almost always does come to pass but just because something has been equally distributed between two parties, does not been the assigned portions are in fact, even.
Now obviously this point is best made on the back of a composition that sounds as if Gorgol Bordello were both English and spent an entire week listening to Ska.
‘Small Victories’ is very much your “fist in the air” Punk anthem or at least it would be if you weren’t too busy erratically moving the way only Ska-Punk can induce.
‘Reduce, Reuse, Rebel’ continues this harder Punk-Rock sound that shows And The Wasters in a far more aggressive light through a eclectic mix of the aforementioned Pun-Rock, Ska and Folk. That said, regardless of the band giving into their disaffection, it’s hard not to dance along with them. Well, It would be if I wasn’t sat down awkwardly bobbing around on my lunch break…
The more Balkan/Gypsy Punk stylistic the band so vehemently infuse into their sound takes charge after the gritty Punk frustration subside. Lyrically speaking, And The Wasters are nigh on impossible to fault for lack of conviction and with this slower track, you feel like you’ve known them for years.
The real highlight for me though was the instrumental final track. ‘Intro Dub’ within seconds it sent my mind back the the masters of Punk’s integration of world music, The Clash. ‘Intro Dub’ could have easily been on Sandanista! or any of the versions of Black Market Clash and ties off the first release this collective has produced under their new moniker rather well.
Find the band below:
- For updates head to Facebook.
- State Of Repair will available via the And The Wasters bandcamp page as well as from Riotska Records who can be found on: Facebook, Twitter, bandcamp and their Official Website.
- And if that wasn’t enough, Bredda Records from Luxembourg will also be releasing State Of Repair. Get acquainted with the label via Facebook and bandcamp.
- The band’s previous material under their former name can also be found via their bandcamp page.